O4 Syllabus of ISP

O4 – Syllabus of the Intensive Study Programme ‘Sustainable Food Systems & Diets’

This output comprises of a Syllabus of intensive, 2-week Study Programme ‘Sustainable Food Systems & Diets’ organised by the SUSPLUS project consortium in the premises of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, in Warsaw & Kiry (Tatra Mountains, the WULS Marymont Training and Leisure Centre) on 22nd July – 4th August 2017.

Following recommendations of the Erasmus+, this document contains information such as title of the programme, general subject area, organisations involved, aims of the programme in relation to the general aims of the SUSPLUS project, intellectual outputs linked to the intensive programme, language of the programme, educational methods used, the expected learning outcomes & methods of their verification, workload (nr of hours), number of ECTS gained by participating students, target group (bachelor/master/PhD students), prerequisites, list of the expected products of the programme (results of students’ work, presentations, educational materials, reports), description of the cultural programme, methods of evaluation of the programme by participants, and list of recommended literature.

The SUSPLUS Intensive Study Programme addressed a wide range of topics in the area of sustainable food systems. Students’ understanding of the topic and their expectations and needs specified in the survey carried out in the first phase of the project (O1) were also considered during construction of the programme. When planning the teaching activities emphasis was put not only on transferring theoretical knowledge to students, but also on increasing their awareness & inspiring them to share attitudes towards sustainability issues. A focus was also given to strengthening their team working skills, communication skills, ability to adapt to new situations, fluent communication in English. A strong focus on the systems approach and the techniques of problem oriented learning made the programme very innovative and labour market-oriented.

The workshops, lectures, discussion sessions, ‘cinema session’ and other educational events integrated the topics of food culture, regional and traditional food, organic food, slow food, locality of the food chains, food marketing, agroecology, sensory analysis of food quality. Background knowledge about the most important environmental concerns related to food production and consumption was also presented (with particular attention to the impact of the global food systems and animal production on the environment, in that on biodiversity). Subjects of the sustainability assessment tools of different food production systems,

management of the sustainable food systems and the role of marketing  strategies in development of such systems were also undertaken. During the study trip to Kiry students had a chance to visit traditional and regional food producers and analyze some aspects of sustainability of the local food chains.

Lecturing was provided by 12 university teachers from 8 participating European universities & one special guest teacher from India, Bangalore. This allowed the participants to gain multidisciplinary high quality knowledge unavailable in standard educational programme of one University.

The selection of the Intensive Study Programme participants (students) was carried out by the SUSPLUS consortium. Each Partner had a task to select 4 students (plus 2 for the reserve list) representing disciplines such as food science, human nutrition, dietetics, environmental protection, agriculture. Such a multidisciplinary approach fostered interaction of students from different academic disciplines and showed them the complexity of the food system and the importance of analyzing the studied topic from many different perspectives. Students’ motivation and language skills were considered in the process of participants’ selection.

The Intensive Study Programme was preceded by an introductory e-learning module. Topics covered by this module gave the students extensive background knowledge and prepared them to the participation in the Intensive Programme (see info about SUSPLUS e-learning for more details).

Students positively completing the Intensive Study Programme (attending all compulsory activities and passing final evaluation) together with the preceding e-learning module, were awarded with a participation certificate & 6 ECTS.

Topics of the most interesting SUSPLUS workshops & lectures: Sustainability of the national dish, Sustainability assessment methodology, Quality assessment with cheese tasting from different farms, Agroecological practices for plant and animal at agroecosystems level, Food quality and diets aspects, Systems thinking and foodservice, Creative Problem solving – teaching some tools, Local & seasonal meal program at the www.bangaloresteinerschool.org using traditional cooking methods for enhanced nutrition with zero wastage, Analysis of the Food Value Chain, Values-Based Food Supply Chains, Sustainable food production and green diets for Europe, Environment, farm systems & crop quality, Sustainable crop production – pest & diseases control.

Syllabus of the Intensive Study Programme forming the Intellectual Output O4 of the SUSPLUS project can be found here: SUSPLUS O4 – ISP Syllabus

A detailed timetable of the course (with dates, times, topics of lectures, workshops, cultural programme etc.) is available here: SUSPLUS ISP Programme.

Intensive Study Programme evaluation questionnaire can be downloaded here: SUSPLUS-Evaluation of the course by students.

The complete O4 Intellectual Output is available here: SUSPLUS_O4_Syllabus of Intensive Study Programme.